Catherine Hill

Chief Operating Officer


Catherine Hill is an experienced consultant and project director, focused on the development sector as well as brand strategy. With a passion for communication and connecting, she has a diverse network spanning industries and regions, and experience in both the private and third sector. At the Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (VIDA) she provides organisational leadership and support to the Executive Director, Professor Madhi, to deliver the strategic objectives of the Faculty of Health Sciences through Wits Health Consortium. She manages a staff compliment of 350 which includes the data unit, laboratory, clinics across multiple sites, the regulatory and ethics department as well as unit operations. Catherine also oversees financial, contracts and management for clinical research activities (epidemiological studies and clinical trials) and this includes Dedicated project management and national research coordination of key studies for the unit, including COVID-19 vaccine trials (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 and Novavax). Catherine’s involvement in the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trial (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) includes national coordination across seven clinical trial sites including financial, contracts, project management and regulatory oversight.

Catherine thrives on challenges that combine strategic business and brand development with long-term impact, purpose and relevance. Catherine also co-founded the annual Johannesburg Afro-Latin Festival and is a Director of Candela Jozi Dance Company and the Johannesburg School of Samba. She has held the role of facilitator for the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s Spirit of Youth programme and is a member of several educational support Trusts.